Rapper Tory Lanez Jailed Again In Megan Thee Stallion Case Over Messy Tweets

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Rapper Tory Lanez, who has been charged with shooting at fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s feet in 2020, was briefly jailed again and his bail increased after posting tweets that violated the judge’s protective order.

The 29-year-old rapper was handcuffed and apparently seen smirking as he left the Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday, April 5. 

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Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Herriford increased Lanez’s bail to $350,000 after tweets about the proceedings with inaccurate information were posted by Twitter user DJ Akademiks, and Lanez himself tweeted what appeared to be messages directed at Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was ordered not to mention Megan Thee Stallion either “directly or indirectly.” 

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The Superior Court judge found that Lanez had violated court orders that he not contact or harass Megan, and in addition to that, he was not allowed to discuss any of the evidence with outside parties. Lanez violated both orders when he took to Twitter.

Lanez’s lawyer, Shawn Holley, told the judge that Lanez didn’t provide any information to commentator and podcaster DJ Akademiks, who posted on Twitter on February 23 that the DNA found on the weapon used at the crime scene didn’t match Lanez. Holley added that there were four sets of DNA found on the handgun, according to investigators, and that the evidence was “inconclusive.” 

Lanez, meanwhile, tweeted referencing the screenshots Megan shared on social media of him apologizing to her. She insinuated that the texts were him apologizing for shooting her. His tweet violated court orders, as he spoke “to” Megan in the below tweet.

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Megan’s lawyer Alex Spiro said of the mess caused by all these tweets that “The self-serving noise in this case will not change the facts or prevent this case from proceeding.”

Lanez is charged with one count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a concealed, loaded, and unregistered firearm in a vehicle. If he is convicted, the rapper faces a maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months in prison.

The prosecution in the case requested that Lanez’s bail either be revoked or increased to $5 million, but the judge decided to increase bail from the original $250,000 Lanez posted after his arrest in 2020 to $350,000.

“We are pleased that the Court rejected those outrageous requests,” Holley said in an email after the hearing.

The trial is scheduled for September 14, with a hearing for the case to be held on June 9. Lanez has pleaded not guilty.

On July 12, 2020, Lanez, Megan, and other people were in an SUV in Hollywood Hills after leaving a party. According to court documents, Megan exited the SUV after an argument and heard Lanez yell, “Dance, b-tch,” after which he allegedly shot at her feet with the handgun multiple times, eventually injuring her.

Lanez was arrested in October 2020 and charged with felony assault, and in December 2021, a judge decided that there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial.

Around the time of Lanez’s arrest, Megan penned a guest essay for the New York Times about society’s failure to protect Black women.

Written by Anna Good

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